The Municipality of Merrickville-Wolford is offering their summer camp again this Summer, and it promises to be a blast. The 8-week Sizzling Summer Camp is designed for children ages 4.5 to 12. Although their home base is the Merrickville Community Centre, the Summer’s activities include a trip to the Science and Technology Museum in Ottawa, Murphy’s Point Provincial Park, and Upper Canada Village. Each week centres around a different theme, and kids have the option of signing up for individual weeks, or the entire Summer. Some of the themes include Aloha Summer Week, Mad Scientist Week, World Cup Week, and Time Travel Week.
Camp Director, Charlotte Hitsman, says she really enjoys meeting all the children who sign up for the camp every year. This is her first year as Camp Director, but she has been a councillor at the camp in the past.
Although the age range is quite large, all the kids are usually kept in one group, as it is a relatively small camp, with a maximum of 30 campers each week. “The older ones enjoy helping the younger ones out,” Charlotte says, “And the younger ones love having the older ones to look up to.”
Charlotte says the camp is very outdoors-based, with water activities every day. The group makes good use of the fairgrounds and the Merrickville beach, with the option of escaping into the Merrickville Community Centre for crafts and on rainy days.
The camp starts on July 3 and ends on August 24. It runs from Monday to Friday, 8:30am-4:30pm. To sign up, visit the municipality’s website under “Residents”, where you can download registration forms and find out more about the camp’s activities and themed weeks. Registration forms can be brought to the Municipal Centre during business hours from 8:30am-4:30pm.